|Home Schooling Rights #68
by Joseph Prescia
Again the left coast of the state of California is leading the way in infringement of individual rights. The California Department of Education’s website is attempting to define home schooling as against the law if the parents doing the home schooling are without state approved credentials. Home schooling parents do not agree with state approved learning centers. That’s why they have left them in the first place. They certainly would not seek their so-called approved credentials. Why do you think that the public school system there is so bent on forcing their regulations on those that are home schooled? Could it be that they have done such a poor job at teaching that they are afraid they will lose more students and their state money to these teaching parents? According to The Home School Legal Defense Association, home schooling is rising nationally at the rate of 7-15% per year.
The following are the top 10 reasons for “Homeschooling in the United States: 1999,” according to the U. S. Department of Education:
48.9%-Can give (the) child a better education at home
25.6%-Poor learning environment at school
15.1%-To develop character/morality
12.1%-Object to what the school teaches
11.6%-School does not challenge child
11.5%-Other problems with available schools
9.0%-Behavior problems at school
8.2%-Child has special needs/disability
According to The Home School Legal Defense Association, the California Department of Education continues to use misleading vocabulary trying to discourage parents from home schooling. No one should be intimidated by any public school official. Why? Because our individual rights as U. S. citizens are God-given. Our U. S. Constitution was God-inspired to guarantee the individual rights for all, whether bible-believing or heathen. This environment is the most conducive for individual freewill to flourish.
Article 1 of the U. S. Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…”
In my own home my children are MY responsibility, not the states’. I know how to best train my children, not the government. I don’t need a monitor. No one has a God-given right to decide where my children will learn except me. No level of U. S. government can morally impose a mandatory public schooling if I believe I can do better with home schooling. The long-standing principle of freedom must rate above fluctuating emotional opinions. If you have legal questions regarding home schooling a helpful organization is The Home School Legal Defense Association (Website-“hslda.org”).
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